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An International Network to Understand the Biomass and Dynamics of Amazonian Forests (RAINFOR)

Malhi, Y., Phillips, O.L., Lloyd, J., Baker, T., Wright, J.A., Almeida, S., Arroyo, L., Frederiksen, T., Grace, J., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T., Laurance, W.F., Leaño, C., Lewis, S., Meir, P., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D., Núñez Vargas, P., Panfil, S.N., Patiño, S., Pitman, N., Quesada, C.A., Rudas-Ll, A., Salomão, R., Saleska, S., Silva, N. and Silveira, M. (2002) An International Network to Understand the Biomass and Dynamics of Amazonian Forests (RAINFOR) Journal of Vegetation Science, 13, pp. 439-450. (doi:10.1658/1100-9233(2002)013[0439:AINTMT]2.0.CO;2).

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The Amazon basin is likely to be increasingly affected by environmental changes: higher temperatures, changes in precipitation, CO2 fertilization and habitat fragmentation. To examine the important ecological and biogeochemical consequences of these changes, we are developing an international network, RAINFOR, which aims to monitor forest biomass and dynamics across Amazonia in a co-ordinated fashion in order to understand their relationship to soil and climate. The network will focus on sample plots established by independent researchers, some providing data extending back several decades. We will also conduct rapid transect studies of poorly monitored regions. Field expeditions analysed local soil and plant properties in the first phase (2001- 2002). Initial results suggest that the network has the potential to reveal much information on the continental-scale relations between forest and environment. The network will also serve as a forum for discussion between researchers, with the aim of standardising sampling techniques and methodologies that will enable Amazonian forests to be monitored in a coherent manner in the coming decades.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: Amazon, Basal area, Carbon, Climate, Long-term monitoring, Permanent plot, Soil, Tropical forest.


Local EPrints ID: 55558
ISSN: 1100-9233
PURE UUID: 236ceda1-63be-4352-b679-b7dd669c1ba4

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Date deposited: 01 Aug 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:32

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Author: Y. Malhi
Author: O.L. Phillips
Author: J. Lloyd
Author: T. Baker
Author: J.A. Wright
Author: S. Almeida
Author: L. Arroyo
Author: T. Frederiksen
Author: J. Grace
Author: N. Higuchi
Author: T. Killeen
Author: W.F. Laurance
Author: C. Leaño
Author: S. Lewis
Author: P. Meir
Author: A. Monteagudo
Author: D. Neill
Author: P. Núñez Vargas
Author: S.N. Panfil
Author: S. Patiño
Author: N. Pitman
Author: C.A. Quesada
Author: A. Rudas-Ll
Author: R. Salomão
Author: S. Saleska
Author: N. Silva
Author: M. Silveira

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